After years of dealing with inflammatory issues and connecting with various medical specialists, I am grateful to have been introduced to Dr. James Dowd, Founder & Director of both the Arthritis Institute of MI and the MI Arthritis Research Center. With the help of Dr. Dowd, who is also certified in Interactive and Holistic Medicine, I was shocked to find immediate relief through dietary changes.
Growing up as an athlete and continuing a very active lifestyle of tennis, running, yoga, etc., I always took pride in the healthy lifestyle I live and encourage for my family. However, what I learned from my visits with Dr. Dowd and his book, “The Vitamin D Cure” was not only new learning, but required a paradigm shift as well as lifestyle change. Dr. Dowd writes that “Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the United States today. It’s mind-boggling how many health problems have a D deficiency element.” Further, when Dr. Dowd put me on an elimination diet, which consisted of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and water, to explore what foods I might be reacting to, I have to admit my first reaction was “What am I going to have for breakfast?”.
After picking up on my initial reaction (or dare I say resistance), he asked what I did for a living. When I told him I was an executive coach supporting leaders in improving their leadership effectiveness through behavior change, he indicated my profession was no different than his. It’s funny…I had never compared our profession of executive coaching and organization behavior to human medicine, but the correlation is uncanny. Whether we are trying to help others modify behaviors at work or change behaviors to better one’s health, it really is applying the same type of medicine . . . that of changing human behavior which starts with the openness and motivation to do so.
I am pleased to report that after the past month or so (and over the holidays at that!) of modifying my diet and removing those elements that were causing harm (i.e. gluten), I am nearly symptom free. What better way to ring in the new year for our clients and anyone who may be reading this, than opening up to lifestyle changes that really can be a ‘solution’ to good health. It is for this reason that we have chosen to highlight Dr. Dowd’s book as Paragon’s first book of the month for 2012.